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60A Vote for Honorhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/a-vote-for-honor
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:25:00 -0400GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)Scott Liebertz is
that one essential ethical justification for a refusal to vote for one of the two major party candidates (“
Don't get mad, get Evan!
”) is that your vote loses all power if one of the parties can take it for granted. That is exactly how social conservatives became, as David French aptly calls us, “
the cheapest date in American politics
.” In an outstanding essay,
“Against Voting for the ‘Lesser Evil,’”
Austin blogger Blueberry Town quotes George Orwell: “How can you be an autonomous and free citizen if your franchise is pledged to one machine, without conditions, whatever happens in the course of the election or in the conduct of the argument?”
The Cheapest Date in American Politics?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/the-cheapest-date-in-american-politics
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0400GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)Last week, David French
that “religious conservatives” who vote Trump will make themselves into “the cheapest date in American politics.” As if to prove French’s point, my friend Wayne Grudem published an
of Trump that bent over backwards to let him off easy for his polymorphous wickedness, and Michael Brendan Dougherty
highlighted the embarrassing contrast
between that endorsement and Grudem's attacks on Bill Clinton in 1998.
]]>The Benedict Option as Culture Warhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/the-benedict-option-as-culture-war
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:00:00 -0400GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)Carl is right to
that the Benedict Option does not entail withdrawal from politics. It entails something far worse—a continuation of the culture war's politics of resentment.
]]>Revisiting “Revisiting Faithful Presence”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/revisiting-revisiting-faithful-presence
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:25:00 -0500GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)For at least a generation if not more, no book has had a bigger impact on the American evangelical world’s understanding of our cultural situation than James Davison Hunter’s
To Change the World
. I have been honored to be part of the public discussion of this profoundly transformational book. In the recent book
Revisiting Faithful Presence
, published by the Gospel Coalition, I joined a number of fellow evangelical thinkers to assess the current state of the big conversation that Hunter’s book started five years ago. Unfortunately, in his
, John Seel misrepresents what I wrote about
To Change the World
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:34:27 -0500GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)John Podhoretz has written a very wise
on the Trump and Sanders phenomena. People are supporting these formerly fringe figures, he writes, because they are panicked. They fear the whole future of American civilization is on the line and huge things must be done right away to save it.
]]>The Right Kind of Despair https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/12/the-right-kind-of-despair
Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:24:00 -0500GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)Dan McLaughlin offers a brilliant, Christmas-themed
against political despair; chock full of facts and logic, and also of moments like this:
]]>Marriage and Poverty—The New Consensushttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/12/marriage-and-poverty-the-new-consensus
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:50:00 -0500GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)I had not previously been aware of the “AEI/Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity,” which brings together scholars from the best think tank on each side of the isle to propose approaches to poverty that can win trans-partisan support. Their new
is discouraging on poverty policy but very encouraging on marriage.
]]>Neither Sanguine Nor Resignedhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/12/neither-sanguine-nor-resigned
Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:44:00 -0500GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)Carl Trueman is right when he
posts this morning
that the inevitable collapse of the sexual revolution need not be followed by “a conservative victory.” As he says, “the fact that the sexual revolution is doomed does not mean that it will give way to older, more traditional patterns.” And he is right to draw our attention to Jeremy Neill's troubling appropriation of Marx in
that conservative victory is “inevitable.” But he is wrong to offer - as he seems to do - mere resignation to indefinite misery and evil as the only alternative. There are other possibilities. The trick is to notice the meanings of the words “conservative,” “traditional,” and especially “victory.”
]]>Religion and Presidential Voting Patternshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/10/religion-and-presidential-voting-patterns
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:45:00 -0400GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)My friend Henry Olsen knows election data just about as well as anyone in the public eye. Since he now has a brand new
and a forthcoming book to promote, I figured I'd take the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the prospects for religion in American electoral politics. My questions and his answers appear below.
]]>The Future of Evangelicalismhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/07/the-future-of-evangelicalism
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:15:00 -0400GForster@kffdn.org (Greg Forster)P
atheos has just published a
on the future of evangelicalism in the next five years. I'm delighted by how few of the voices are embracing either the cultural naiveté of the
new Religious Right
or the cultural despair of the
vague and incoherent
Benedict option. My
that these movements will take a few years to burn out (at least among evangelicals) and make way for what
calls “hopeful realism”—neither naïve nor despairing about the church's role in shaping the dominant culture—may have been overly cautious.